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votes once the results come through. if we look at the u.s. congress, meanwhile, republicans maintained control of the lower house, democrats have kept their majority in the upper house. this is how those electoral votes stack up, state-by-state. mitt romney, 206 electoral votes, president obama, 303. compared to the last election, president obama 1365 electoral votes, john mccain won on hundred 73. back then, we should say that he won n.c. and indiana, but those states went to mitt romney this time around. let's get the full story of the night from our washington correspondent. >> the first family, stepping out to a second term. to the strains of signed, sealed, committed. looking forward to the inspiration from the voters. >> you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have to pick ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. [applause] >> by then it was nearly 2:00 in the morning, the culmination of an exhilarating night. >> this is
-- maria, good morning to you. thank you for being with us. i'm wary of general liesing. but it's an interesting voting block for the latino vote, because it is growing and growing. for instance there are many more hispanic voters eligible to vote, aren't there? >> yes. but also they are in different parts of the country. the electoral map was written in 2010 where the weight was no longer in the coast. no longer just new york, south carolina and florida. now it's in colorado, is obama or romney going to take it? you find too often that people don't realize the latino vote is undersampled when it comes to polling. i think we'll see a lot of surprises tonight. >> well that's surprising, because you have rattled off a bit about the states. and there's a state with more than a million latino voters. on election day you have 2.4 million latinos that have come to -- of age to vote. that's three electoral seats. also because there's such an extreme view that's been taken by republicans that latinos feel like they have no choice but to go democratic. because of the tone republican part
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